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Free and easy way to check out the great outdoors in our own backyard

Campbelltown has pristine bushland, unspoilt waterways and prolific wildlife close to where most of us live.

One of the best ways to enjoy all of that is with Campbelltown City Council’s spring into nature walk and talk series.

It’s a great way for families and people of all ages to connect with the great outdoors and at the same time learn more about the amazing natural environment in our own backyard.

Events include the inaugural Spotlighting Animals of the Night Tour – Smiths Creek Reserve between 6 and 8pm on Friday, September 28 and Saturday, September 29.

This is a guided spotlighting tour searching for unique animals of the night including possums, wallabies, owls, gliders and maybe even one of the resident koalas along the tracks and fire trails in the reserve in Ruse.

Also on the program is Flora, Fauna and Habitats of Noorumba Reserve, Rosemeadow (pictured) between 10am and 12.30pm on Sunday, October, 14.

This is an informative walk and talk to showcase the flora, fauna and diverse habitats of one of the area’s largest bushland reserves.

The Georges River Water Bug Blitz will take place between 9am and noon at Simmos Beach Reserve (pictured below) on Sunday, October 28.

Learn about the Georges River environment and how water bugs help to indicate river health, before going on a walk along the river trail at Macquarie Fields. You might even spot an elusive Georges River platypus.

Bringing Back the Buzz is on Sunday, November, 11, 11am to 12.30pm – hear about the importance of local pollinators and what you can do to increase and protect their populations at John Kidd Reserve, Blair Athol.

Also on this year’s schedule is A Night with the Bats at Milton Park on Saturday, November 17, 6.30-8.30pm.

Visit the park in Macquarie Fields during this inaugural event and learn about the work that is happening to conserve the unique grey headed flying fox across Campbelltown and the Sydney region, and the important role they play in the environment.

Birds of the Bush at Scattergood Reserve, St Helens Park on Sunday, November 25, 7-9am – check out the unique bird life at this pristine Georges River corridor.

The series is supported by Conservation Volunteers Australia, Wildside Australia, WIRES, Sydney Wildlife, Georges Riverkeeper, Australasian Bat Society, NSW National Parks Association, Campbelltown City Council Bushcare, Macarthur Birds and NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service.

To book one of the free walk and talk events, visit


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